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Change your startup language System

Depending on how you installed your system, you may see that startup messages are displayed in English rather than the system language you chose for the System Administrator.

To change the language OSX uses at system startup, open the Terminal and type the following:

sudo pico /var/log/CDIS.custom
(I use pico but any other editor will work too. Pick your favorite one)


to match the language you want, for example
Type control-O, validate changes with Enter and exit pico with control-X (commands may change if you use another editor).

That's it. Now the next time you start up, messages will be displayed in the language you have chosen. Note, however, that some messages may still be in English. I think it is related to some updates which do not come from Apple if you manually installed them.

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